From the Students: Christian University at Gardner-Webb

Gardner-Webb's Christian foundation is important to students
in unique ways. Hear from current students about what it means to them.




Jonathon Rhyne, Freshman Marketing/Journalism

“I know that on my bad days, I am loved by a bunch of people who I don’t even know… Here, people do care about you, and they don’t even have to know your name.” (More)


 

 

Hannah Ray, Sophomore English

“Everything falls under that umbrella of 'Why are we doing this?' and a Christian University has the responsibility to do it because they’re trying to glorify God in all that they’re doing.” (More)



 

Jeremiah Hamby, Senior Psychology

“It’s more than going to Church on Sunday; it’s living in a community of Christian believers in everyday life and being intentional, being vulnerable with them, and the atmosphere at Gardner-Webb has really shown me that…” (More)

 

Caitlyn Brotherton, Senior ASL

“That’s what college is all about: figuring out what you want to do and who you want to be, and when everyone around you is pointing you towards Christ, it’s a lot easier to be focused on him.” (More)

After Five Years in the Army, Student Pursues Career as Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant Studies

Jared Barton ‘19

Jared Barton ‘19 (pictured left), Physician Assistant Studies

“We are given clinical scenario activities, which put us in a care-provider mindset. These activities are most helpful because it’s one thing to know a lot about anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, etc., but it’s an entirely different ballgame when you have to actually apply and combine all that knowledge when you are providing care for patients.”

Jared Barton ‘19 ended his Army service after five years. Instead of dealing with the casualties of war, he wanted to do something to improve the lives of others. “I loved the Army for what it is and does, the friendships I made, but I spent five years - and that’s not very long compared to some of my friends who are still in - training to kill enemy combatants,” reflected Barton, a student in the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Gardner-Webb University. “I decided it was time to change up the mission statement, get on the other side of the equation. In the PA field, I get to be a part of another team, forge new friendships and help people in their time of need. It’s a phenomenal profession that affords opportunities to live out and share my faith with others right where I am.”

He entered Lee University in his hometown, Cleveland, Tenn., and earned a bachelor’s degree in health sciences. He worked in campus security with a GWU graduate. “I told him I was applying to PA programs, and he mentioned that I should take a look at Gardner-Webb,” Barton related. “I hadn’t heard of Gardner-Webb’s PA program, mainly because I was looking at schools closer to my hometown. My wife had a good job in our hometown, and I was applying to PA programs around an hour away. After visiting GWU, my mind was made up.”

He liked what he saw in the GWU faculty and the program. “They were genuine and very frank on what was expected if you should be offered a spot in the program,” Barton explained. “Students are expected to not just achieve the standard of care but to exceed it. I decided that if they were to offer me a spot in the program I would take it above any other school.”

He and his wife moved to Shelby, N.C., and he began his studies. “What I value the most in my GWU experience is the diversity I see in my classmates,” Barton observed. “We all have a wide variety of likes and dislikes, different beliefs, worldviews, and values; yet we are all in the same program working with each other towards a common goal. It’s awesome to see.”

The professors share from their own experiences in the field as they provide a foundation of knowledge and principles. “We are given clinical scenario activities, which put us in a care-provider mindset,” Barton described. “These activities are most helpful because it’s one thing to know a lot about anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, etc., but it’s an entirely different ballgame when you have to actually apply and combine all that knowledge when you are providing care for patients.”

To any student considering PA studies at Gardner-Webb, Barton advised, “I don’t think you will be disappointed. The campus is beautiful and it provides a great atmosphere for studying. The smaller class sizes give students more opportunity to speak with professors one-on-one. The program faculty and staff are phenomenal and make themselves available for students.”